More than 20 teams competed in the hackathon on Oct. 7. To begin the competition, the teams were given spare parts to use in their hardware development. They were also given the challenge to develop a system that “makes life easier.” The teams spent the day focused on developing their projects for the final presentation. Later that night, each of the teams had a chance to present their projects in 3 minutes to a panel of expert judges. At the conclusion of the event, MannMade Engineering was announced among the top-4 teams with Vivint Solar, Instructure, and Experticity.
Mann’s team was then invited to present at the Utah Showcase held at The Depot in downtown Salt Lake City in front of investors and technology authorities. More than 1,300 people from 21 states and 3 countries attended the Utah Tech Week events.
After graduation, Chad formed MannMade Engineering, a leading design firm providing product development services. They specialize in embedded systems, such as Internet connected devices. For more information, go to www.mannmadeengineering.com.
More information on the 2014 Utah Tech Week can be found at siliconslopes.com/2014/10/utah-tech-week-recap/.
Original article source: http://lassonde.utah.edu/u-lassonde-alum-excels-in-utah-hackathon/